There’s much to do right before Dubai transforms with the spirit of Ramadan, a month-long period of spirituality and celebration. Culture, sports and history each share a space on this weekend’s event calendar, alluding to a grand and vivacious month ahead. From the highly competitive Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic to The Laughter Factory’s closing season, see our top seven things to do in Dubai this weekend:
A €500,000 swing
May opens with Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, a golf tournament that will see some of the world’s top female golfers take to the greens in Dubai. While this prestigious event carries a hefty prize purse of €500,000 (AED2.06 million), it’s the prestigious victor’s title that has attracted golf stars like Annika Sorenstam and Lexi Thompson in the past. Catch all the nail-biting action for free (that's right!) this weekend at Emirates Golf Club to tee off a jam-packed summer season.
When: 1-3 May
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Season finale with 2 Chainz
This weekend marks closing season at Base Dubai where superstar 2 Chainz is headlining the last show on Friday. The A-list rapper takes the stage just one day after South Africa’s top export, Black Coffee, to wrap up the festivities in true celebrity style. The artist, known for hits like “It’s A Vibe” and “No Lie”, became a big deal in global hip-hop circles when his debut studio album T.R.U Story certified Gold. Catch him perform for free at this trendy nightlife venue during one of Dubai's most popular hip-hop nights.
When: 3 May
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
Embark on a journey through history
The Queen Elizabeth 2, a paragon of design and innovation in the ‘60s, has quite a story to tell those who listen. This iconic transatlantic liner connected Southampton, the UK and New York by sea for nearly four decades, defying its predecessors in speed and style. She boasted passengers like Elizabeth Taylor and Nelson Mandela and was a beloved symbol of maritime excellence in her heyday. Today, she docks in Dubai as a prized floating hotel, where you can experience her impressive history during an interactive tour.
When: until 4 June
Where: Queen Elizabeth 2
Russian stars shine on Dubai
Russian stars descend on Dubai this weekend during two days of star-powered concerts. On Thursday, 2 May, the king of Russian pop, Philipp Kirkorov is leading belated birthday celebrations at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Hear the icon bring to light the best of the extensive discography that has won him a great many awards and even the Order of Honour. Follow it up with back-to-back performances by top Russian stars at The Heat Music Fest, from Grigory Leps and EMIN to Valeria and Aleksandr Panayotov.
Hit the ground running
Run the tree-lined tracks of Palm Jumeirah’s Al Ittihad Park at this month’s Cigna Park Run. Hosted by Cigna, a global health service company, this community run invites people of all ages to add a dash of fitness to their everyday lives. First-timers have to pay a one-time fee of AED105, which unlocks all Cigna Park Runs for free moving forward. It’s a fun-filled event that motivates all levels of athletes, from dedicated enthusiasts to those lacing up for the first time.
When: 4 May
Where: Al Ittihad Park
The timeless tale of pen and paper
Calligraphy is a venerated art form in the Middle East. Dating back to the 10th century, this practice began in response to the increasing documentation and distribution of the Holy Quran. Calligraphy encompasses a diverse expression of Arabic culture and traditions that aren't limited to religious topics. This weekend, celebrate this rich artistic heritage at Wafi Mall, where the Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition returns after two years. The previous edition featured works by over 150 calligraphers, covering a vast landscape of modern and traditional techniques.
When: 27 April – 5 May
Where: Wafi Mall
Have the last laugh
The Laughter Factory hits pause for the month of Ramadan, so catch the last of Daliso Chaponda, Dana Alexander and George Zach on 2 and 3 May. The three comics have been the resident acts for April and May’s stand-up circuit, bringing their distinct styles of unbeatable humour to venues across town. Chaponda’s resume includes ‘making Simon Cowell laugh out loud’ during Britain’s Got Talent while Alexander is a television-certified comedian. Add to the mix George Zach, a critically acclaimed stand-up who is no stranger to Dubai.
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